Electrical Technology, Specialized Diploma



Technology used in industry today includes programmable logic controllers, robotics, electrical control and distribution panels, packaging equipment, and shop floor networks. These systems require constant maintenance and repair. That's why jobs continue to be available for well-trained electrical maintenance professionals.

If you need to re-train to improve your employment options, Northampton's specialized diploma is a convenient, fast-track program that can qualify you for immediate employment in the field. Experienced electrical students may also take tests to gain credit for their work experience, reducing the amount of class time needed to earn the diploma even further.

Our program provides the latest skills and knowledge needed to install, wire, repair and troubleshoot standard and programmable controller systems used in manufacturing. Graduates are qualified to work as an electrical maintenance technician, electrician or assistant both in manufacturing and in the electrical construction industry.


The program begins by familiarizing students with the theory of electricity and its AC and DC characteristics, working safely with electricity, and basic circuit wiring. You will then gain practical knowledge and skills in working with industrial applications of motors, motor controls, and transformers. At the same time, you'll also be studying the various types of sensors and solid-state devices used in process control and becoming acquainted with the computer workstation used to program and debug today's process control systems.

The program is rounded out with two hands-on courses in programmable logic controllers (PLCs). These classes cover the skills you need to install, operate, program, network and troubleshoot the most popular types of PLCs. You will work as part of a team with the mechanical maintenance and production personnel to solve problems and implement solutions quickly to keep the operation running efficiently.

The program can be completed in its entirety part-time in the evening at Northampton's Main Campus. Daytime courses are available based on demand. If you're interested in continuing your education beyond the diploma, you can apply most of the course work towards the degree programs in Electromechanical Technology and Electrical Construction Technology.

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Career Potential: Industrial Electrician, Construction Electrician


Graduates of the Electrical Technology S.D. program will:

  • Demonstrate an ability to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Demonstrate safe electrical practices when working with electrical control and distribution equipment.
  • Describe the operating principles and function of the electrical control and power components and circuits used in automated equipment.
  • Demonstrate the proper use of common electrical diagnostic instruments.
  • Operate, troubleshoot and diagnose common industrial circuits used in control and distribution.
  • Analyze and present data in an acceptable and standardized manner.
  • Demonstrate observational, integrative, and synthetic skills.
  • Demonstrate a basic framework of technical vocabulary and graphic interpretation applicable to the area of electrical systems maintenance.
  • Operate, program, troubleshoot, repair and modify programmable logic controllers and associated networks commonly found in industry.
  • Size components and wire industrial control circuits based on appropriate industry standards.


First Semester

EMEC101Electrical Fundamentals

3 credits

CISC101Introduction to Computers

3 credits

EMEC117Industrial Rigging

1 credits

EMEC118Hand and Power Tools

1 credits

OSAH100Industry Outreach Safety Educ

1 credits

Total Credit Hours:9

Second Semester

EMEC135Electrical Motors and Controls

4 credits

ELTC107Electrical Wiring I

3 credits

EMEC140Sensors, Wiring and Troubleshoot ing

1 credits

Total Credit Hours:8

Third Semester

ELTC109Electrical Wiring II

3 credits

EMEC240Industrial Control Systems I

4 credits

Total Credit Hours:7

Fourth Semester

ELTC211National Electrical Code

4 credits

Technical Electives +

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:7

Total Credit Hours: 31

+ Technical Elective options: EMEC245 Industrial Control Systems II or ELTC222 Solar Photovoltaic Systems I